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6 Earth Day Activities That Pay Off

Earth Day is finally here! We should be focusing on green habits throughout the entire year, but if you haven’t gotten around to it, why not start today? We’ve created a quick list of six easy Earth Day activities. These are things you can do right now to better the planet, both today and for the entire year to come.

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The toilet is responsible for up to 30 percent of the home’s total water usage. Take a couple simple steps toward wasting less water:

  • Test for leaks by adding a few drops of food coloring to the tank, then waiting to see if it appears in the bowl without flushing the toilet. If there’s a leak, flappers are inexpensive and easy to replace without tools.
  • Create your own toilet dam by filling plastic bottles with sand so that they remain at the bottom of the tank. The bottles will displace water that would have otherwise filled the tank so that the toilet uses less water each time it’s flushed.

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In Stock: Sanuk Footwear

Temperatures are rising outside and we’re kicking off our winter boots for a more laid-back alternative to your typical hot weather footwear. It’s the sandal/shoe hybrids by Sanuk. Made with the comfiest insoles you’ll ever experience, there’s no other practical choice for footwear come festival season.

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Cushioned and padded where your foot needs it most, these eco-friendly slip-ons are ideal for yoga, 100% vegan and incredibly long-lasting. It’s no wonder they’ve acquired quite a dedicated fanbase, including these celebrities who’ve sported the brand numerous times.

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In Stock: ToeSox

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The designers of California-based footwear line ToeSox know a thing or two about working out in style. Not only that, but working out with the utmost care for your feet and personal well-being. The health-conscious brand makes socks, leg warmers, sandals, and gloves for keeping you in the zone while running, practicing yoga, or just going about your day. We dug into the brand’s history to share more about how the unique design came to be and look at how the owner’s daily life inspired the products.

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Artist Spotlight: Blanca Yanez

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Blanca Yanez, 19


Are you hyped up for the weekend yet? We sure are! Buy a pair of TOMS shoes and Blanca Yanez will be there to use her artistic talents to personalize them.

Where are you from, Blanca?
I am from San Diego, California born and raised.

Where did you get your art skills?
I’ve been painting and drawing since I was a kid. I learned basic drawing principles at a young age solely through observation and experimentation. I would use pictures as references and go on from there. With that said, I am mostly self-taught, though I took studio art classes throughout my high school years. 

What inspires you?
As an artist, anything can inspire me. The majority of my pieces have started from spontaneous thoughts, regarding anything. For example, one time I was sitting in a restaurant and I noticed an old woman walk in. The composition of the wrinkles on her face aside her melancholy eyes and the detail in them, I knew would make for a great ebony pencil drawing. That old woman then inspired me to focus on a specific facial feature for my next project, which was skin. This led to the creation of “Nostalgia”, an ebony pencil drawing of the old woman I saw, with some exaggerated features. 

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Nostalgia by Blanca Yanez, Ebony Pencil

How would you describe your artistic style?
First off, I’m a big fan of acrylic paint. Ever since high school, I’ve been experimenting with everything from realistic to abstract works using acrylic. I prefer to paint on framed canvasses; the sizes can literally range anywhere from the size of a sticky note to the height of someone’s waist. When it comes to my style, I’m very detail-oriented and I love to use bright colors in my works. The subjects, however, can literally range from still-life pieces to surrealistic scenes resulting from random thoughts or dreams.

What are your hobbies and interests?
Besides painting, drawing, and doing anything art related, I’m a very big fitness person. I love to workout on the daily and I love participating in all kinds of sports. I was a big track and field fan back in high school and those experiences/payoffs have inspired me to continue this healthy lifestyle. Not only does fitness aid my appearance, but it also makes me feel great. Like painting, it is a great stress reliever and it allows me to just get into my own zone and focus on myself. 

What are your goals as an artist?
The only goal I have is to continue making art throughout my life and inspire those around me with it.

Who are your heroes? 
My parents, teachers, friends, and family.

Tell us about one of your favorite art pieces that you have created. 
One of my favorite pieces is a painting I made of an old school car—a Jaguar E-type. I’m most proud of this painting since it demonstrates the strength of my realism technique. I managed to capture the reflection and detail in the chrome of the car very well. This piece also takes on a different angle to change up the point of view from typical car pictures. It was part of concentration portfolio which was focused on old school cars. 

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Jaguar E-Type by Blanca Yanez, Acrylic Paint

 

Who is your favorite artist or what is your favorite art piece? 
This is a tough question. I don’t have a particular favorite artist. However, an artist that has influenced my ideas and whom I respect very much is Salvador Dali. I’m a fan of his work because he masters surrealism, depicting realistic objects in unrealistic scenes. His pieces are also very thought provoking.

Do you have any advice for other aspiring artists?
– Keep your creative juices flowing. Whenever you have an idea, write it down or make a quick sketch.

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Blanca Yanez in action!

– Get to know your professors and become friends with your art teacher, if applicable. Ask about after-school studio hours. My art teacher, Cindy Bravo, would make time to open the art studio after school hours on certain days for students to come in and work.

– Ask if you can borrow supplies! Besides saving you a lot of money, it’ll give you the opportunity to experiment, create, and learn more about different mediums and techniques.

– Find out what works for you. I tend to listen to music while I paint; it’s very relaxing and soothing. Sometimes my strokes go along with the rhythm of a song.

– Don’t be afraid to mess up. I’ve had to paint over multiple canvasses because the piece I was creating wasn’t what I had originally imagined. Take the time to occasionally step away from your pieces to see you’re progress.

– If you’re stuck on something, don’t be afraid to stop working on it and begin working on a new project. Come back to that other piece when your mind is refreshed. 

 

Want to know who else is painting at our TOMS event? Check out Alex Minch, Timberleanne Ardent, and Ben Gianas.

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Artist Spotlight: Ben Gianas

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Ben Gianas, 27


Are you getting hyped up for out TOMS event on August 9-10? We sure are! Make sure to come by and meet the talented artist, Ben Gianas. He’ll be there to paint your new shoes!

Where are you from, Ben?
I am originally from Atascadero, California. Sunshine and good vibes brought me down to San Diego.

Where did you get your art skills?
I have been making art since the first time my parents handed me a crayon and I haven’t really stopped since. I have my Bachelor’s in Fine Art from Cal State University Channel Islands which I received in 2009. I continue to learn with every line I pull and every paint brush stroke.

What are your hobbies and interests?
I love art, the ocean, and the never-ending journey for knowledge and wisdom. Oh yeah, and a really good craft beer.

 

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Happy Place by Ben Gianas, 3 ft. x 4 ft. Oil and Gold Leaf Painting

How would you describe your artistic style?
I would describe my style as illustrative with a hint of beautiful tension. I love using bold, heavy colors and juxtaposing them with highly rendered black and white imagery. More than anything my style is a reflection of me just trying to have some fun.

What inspires you?
My biggest inspiration lies in the creative nature of mankind.

What’s your favorite art piece that you’ve created?
My favorite piece I’ve created was a combination of six canvasses framed all together for a show in Ventura. Each was a black and white oil portrait of an individual in history whom had either killed, or saved hundreds of lives. By reducing all of the portraits to black and white and juxtaposing them together, the viewer is left to determine who saved, and who killed. It was an interesting experiment on individual, and group judgment based only on a black and white portrait.

What are your goals as an artist?
My goals as an artist are to inspire young people to be more creative. I want people to enjoy not just my art, but all art. As a society, we have become complacent with our creativity, relying on others to do it for us. MY goal is to inspire others to embrace their ideas and create whatever it is that makes them feel good.

Who are your heroes?
My heroes? Easy, my parents. I have been incredibly blessed to have superheroes for parents. They truly meant it when they told me, “If you work hard, you can be anything you want to be.” To inspire someone to be what they want, or embrace who they are is a heroic thing if you ask me.

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Orchids painted on a pair of canvas shoes by Ben Gianas

 

Who is your favorite artist or what is your favorite art piece?
My favorite artist is Dan Witz. I love the beautiful tension he creates with the photo-realistic style that he hides across ugly metropolitan areas around the world. Look him up, you wont be disappointed.

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Ben Gianas and some of his art pieces


Do you have any advice for other aspiring artists?

Work hard. Nothing of quality or substance ever came easy. Create as much as possible, whenever possible. Doodle on your lunch, draw or paint on anything you can, ask questions, and explore work from other artists. You would be very surprised how much subliminal inspiration can be gathered from gallery hopping. Last, but not least, DO NOT LET YOUR CAREER DEFINE YOU. It is difficult to be a full-time artist these days and make a living at it, but don’t let your source of income suffocate your creativity. Remember you are an artist, create your own beautiful world.

 

Want to know more about Ben and his work? Meet him at our TOMS event or follow him on Instagram @bengianasart or #bengianasart.

Wondering who else will be there? Check out the artists Alex MinchTimberleanne Ardent, and Blanca Yanez.

 

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Artist Spotlight: Alex Minch

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Alex Minch, 29

Our TOMS event is happening on August 9-10! Whether you want to show your team spirit, make a personal gift, or get original artwork, we’ll have local artists ready to customize your freshly purchased TOMS shoes. Stop by our tables and meet Alex Minch: surfer, outdoorsman, and artist.

Where are you from, Alex?
From Portland, Oregon.

Where did you get your art skills?
Self-taught

What inspires you?
I’m inspired by nature, the ocean, graffiti, and other art.

 

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Ocean’s Bounty by Alex Minch. 6 ft. x 4 ft. Acrylic on Canvas

 

How would you describe your artistic style?
If I had to describe my artistic style, I would describe it as all over the place or A.D.D.  I have so many different styles in my past and so many to come in my future.

Tell us about one of your favorite art pieces that you have created.
One on my favorite art pieces is a drawing of a boy, who appears to be half machine. It was an accidental portrait of myself and my past injuries.

What are your goals as an artist?
My only goal as an artist is to improve and evoke interest

 

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Oscar by Alex Minch. 4 ft. x 4 ft. Acrylic on Wood

 Who are your heroes?
Duke, who brought surfing over to the main land. Dr. Seuss, my parents, Todd Minch and so many more.

What are your hobbies and interests?
Surfing, art, outdoors, fishing, camping, travel.

Who is your favorite artist or what is your favorite art piece?
Ed Pachke.

Do you have any advice for other aspiring artists?
Keep creating art and nothing else matters.

Stop by this weekend, buy a pair of TOMS shoes, and he may just paint you something for you! Other artists at the event includes Timberleanne Ardent, Blanca Yanez, and Ben Gianas.

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TwoTen Event Recap

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On June 4, 2014, the Two Ten Footwear Foundation held their YP210 (Young Professionals for 210) annual party in New York City. Designer Studio sponsored the event alongside Lacoste and many others! The YP210 Bring Your A-Game Party was a night of fun and entertainment that raised funds for communities within the footwear industry including footwear families that are in a time of need. Such festivities included having drinks with friends, dancing, art sketches, and playing games like beer pong, mini golf, and a giant game of Jenga.

As always, it’s a pleasure to run into the Lacoste Croc!

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We absolutely adored the sketching tables! These talented artists were all about style, fashion, and caricatures!

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Here’s a closer look at their handy work.

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To learn more about the Two Ten Footwear Foundation and communities like YP210, head over to www.twoten.org. They’ve been assisting footwear communities since the 1940s! If you or someone you know is in the footwear industry, know that the Two Ten Foundation is about “Shoe people helping shoe people”.

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DS at Lacoste Live Beautifully Pool Party

Earlier this month, Lacoste held their Live Beautifully pool party and we were invited to join them. We were able to sneak a peak at Lacoste’s new lines and become friendly with the Lacoste Croc. It was definitely an energetic day of fashion, fun, and sun!

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LACOSTE Beautiful Desert Pool Party - Day 1

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LACOSTE Beautiful Desert Pool Party - Day 1

Emma Roberts, Lea Michele, and Mark Salling; WireImage photo by Joe Scarnici

 

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Katy Perry and Steven Tyler, WireImage photo by Joe Scarnici

 

Our very own Gualberto likes Lacoste so much, he was willing to get a tattoo. He’s a trooper for surviving the pain of a temporary water tat!

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Of Course, you can’t really enjoy basking in the sunshine at a pool party without drinking out of a coconut.

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LACOSTE Beautiful Desert Pool Party - Day 2

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Would you like some Elijah Wood and Zoe Kravitz with your drinks?

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Elijah Wood, WireImage by Joe Scarnici

 

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People had the chance to be Lacoste designers and customized their own shoes!

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Gigi Hadid and Blanda Eggenschwiler, WireImage photo by Chris Weeks

 

Most of all, everyone was more than excited to check out some of new and upcoming Lacoste merchandise!

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Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix, WireImage photo by Chris Weeks

 

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Johnathan Groff, WireImage photo by Chris Weeks

 

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Ilirijana Alushaj, WireImage photo by Chris Weeks

 

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Chord Overstreet, WireImage photo by Joe Scarnici

 

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Holland Roden, WireImage photo by Chris Weeks

 

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Gigi Hadid, WireImage photo by Joe Scarnici

 

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Gigi Hadid, Blanda Eggenschwiler, and Joe Jonas; WireImage photo by Joe Scarnici

 

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Jena Malone, WireImage photo by Chris Weeks

 

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DS at UGG Style Haven House Party

This month, the launch of Coachella took social media by storm! The digital world was buzzing with band excitement, celebrity sightings, and pinterest-worthy style pics! So while the weekend was heating up, Designer Studio decided to cool down with UGG Australia at their Style Haven House Party.

It was gorgeous, laid back, and a serious good time!

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Designer Studio’s Lorenzo, Gaulberto, and Yvette

 

C’mon! This is SoCal. The party had the boards, the glorious sunshine, and it just wouldn’t be the same without some bikes!

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Naturally, we had to make friends with a special local.

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Fashion models Jourdan Dunn and Chloe Norgaard were also in attendance. We’re loving Jourdan’s boots with her two-piece outfit and Chloe’s signature style was a natural match for the sparkle boots!

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Snow cones to beat the heat and high tech nail polish to tell you to cool down. Seriously, the nail polish changed color depending on your body heat!

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The UGG Style Haven party was definitely booming with style! SoCal may be known for its flip-flop-wearing-looks, but these guys definitely bust that stereotype!

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